Clientside is a meticulous combination of a redesigned admin theme and a set of settings and tools that help customize and unclutter the WordPress interface for yourself or your clients.
The WordPress admin area often proves quite confusing to the average content manager. Generally it lacks a clear separation of administrative functionality and content management. When developing a site and handing it over to the client, you will find they are quickly lost in an over-complicated looking interface since the WordPress platform is designed to cater to both simple and advanced usage.
Clientside approaches this issue both with design changes and by providing a wide variety of options allowing you to customize the appearance specifically per user role. Administrators are able to disable features, rename and hide menu items, hide unnecessary functionality and more, resulting in a cleaner, less confusing CMS environment.
Such as lots of added whitespace, unified modal window styling, larger type, optimized layouts for smaller as well as larger screen/window sizes, back to top navigation, generally improved page, form and element layouts, button actions clearly highlighted by color and size, the help feature is moved to a dedicated modal window, a simplified and easier to navigate menu...
Running WordPress sites often requires several repetitive plugin installations to fill common needs that you wish were built into the core. Clientside comes with several tools meant to add common admin functionality to WordPress and reducing the need for certain plugins.
The menu editor allows you to reorder, rename and conditionally hide menu items for specific user roles.
Hiding unnecessary pages can help avoid confusion and distraction for the affected user group. The role based settings allow for an administrator to keep menu items and remove them for editors or authors at the same time.
The widget manager allows you to choose which admin widgets are visible to which user group. Widgets are the blocks of separated functionality on certain admin screens which can usually be managed via the “Screen Options” on that page. The widget manager lists widgets belonging to the Dashboard and the Post Edit screen (all post types). Hiding a widget also makes it disappear from the page’s Screen Options. Some widgets can be unnecessary for your situation and removing them cleans up the page and improves focus on the essentials.
The column manager allows you to choose which post listing columns are visible to which user group. Hiding a column also makes it disappear from the page’s Screen Options.
The tool provides the ability to control the visibility of columns on the Posts, Pages, Media and Users pages. Hiding columns cleans up the listing tables for a cleaner overview.
Besides these tools the Clientside options pages also provide a wide range of customization options to modify the admin experience. These include managing toolbar items, active controls on the post listing pages, a custom login logo control, custom pagination limit overwrites, the ability to hide update information for certain user roles and more.
Full documentation is available in the download package and inside the plugin's Admin area.
As with all Frique products, your Clientside license comes with support. The documentation should cover enough to help out in most situations, but if you need more specific help or have any pre-purchase questions, feel free to contact support.
Clientside changes the default WordPress admin area styling. If another plugin follows the conventional WP coding APIs it should function fine. However if it relies on the default styling, it can cause a visual conflict with the Clientside UI.
Clientside has been specifically tested for guaranteed smooth compatibility with the following plugins:
If you rely on a specific plugin not mentioned here and are wondering about the compatibility, feel free to contact support.